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Cohen asks lawmakers to help keep him out of prison

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and DAVID B. CARUSO Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Attorneys for Michael Cohen are asking members of Congress to help keep him out of prison. In a letter sent to lawmakers Thursday, Cohen's legal team said he is still sorting through documents in his personal files ...

Deliberations at ex-judge’s gun trial begin; juror dismissed

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Deliberations have begun at the felony gun trial of a former New York judge after the replacement of a juror who appeared to be falling asleep during closing arguments. Prosecutors allege former Rochester judge Leticia Astacio (uh-STAH'-see-oh) tried to buy a shotgun in ...

Should the SAT be optional? Bribery scandal renews debate

By CAROLYN THOMPSON Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The most brazen abuses of standardized testing in the college bribery scandal could be chalked up to security lapses: the ringer hired to take the SAT, the proctors paid to look the other way, the accommodations for extra time ...

Democratic White House hopefuls tout agendas to black voters

By ELANA SCHOR Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates on Friday touted their plans on criminal justice reform, the study of reparations and other racial equality issues, highlighting the critical role black voters will play in choosing the party's 2020 ...

Lawsuit tests anti-measles order aimed at New York outbreak

NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) — Several dozen parents are challenging a suburban New York county's emergency order banning children from public places unless they've been vaccinated against measles. A state Supreme Court judge is expected to rule Friday on the legality of Rockland County Executive Ed ...

Audit: Health inspectors go easy on restaurant violations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Food safety inspectors in New York state failed to take action in response to hundreds of serious health code violations, according to a state audit published Friday. The report analyzed records of more than 400,000 inspections between January 2014 and September 2017. ...

Ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner ordered to register as sex offender

By MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner was ordered Friday to register as a sex offender as he nears the end of a 21-month prison sentence for having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl. A New York City judge designated Weiner a Level ...

State expanding program for immigrants’ free legal services

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A 2-year-old program that provides free legal services for immigrants is being expanded with $10 million that was included in the new state budget approved by the Legislature earlier this week, state leaders announced Friday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader ...

Northern NY woman still missing after nearly 20 years

BLOOMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — State Police still haven't closed the case of a 75-year-old northern New York woman who's been missing for nearly two decades. Harriet Olsen of Bloomingdale was last seen at her residence just north of Saranac Lake in June 2000. Her husband, Henry, reported her ...

Fewer dogfish to be commercially fished on East Coast in ’19

BOSTON (AP) — Federal fishing regulators say they're reducing the quota for a small species of shark that is fished commercially off the East Coast. Fishermen catch spiny dogfish off the eastern states, from Maine to North Carolina. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says ...

Book of Gorsuch speeches and writings out in September

By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has a collection of speeches, writings and eight original essays coming out this fall. Crown Forum, a conservative imprint at Penguin Random House, announced Wednesday that Gorsuch's "A Republic, If You ...

Uber driver credited for rescuing wandering 2-year-old boy

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An Uber driver in Buffalo is being credited for saving a wandering toddler. Sylvia Collins says she was finishing up a fare around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, when she turned onto a city road and saw the 2-year-old boy on the street. Collins says she stopped her car and picked up ...

Report: State agency lagged in enforcement, impeded auditors

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's comptroller says the state office responsible for regulating the title insurance industry has lagged in its enforcement and impeded auditors' access to certain records. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's (dee-NAP'-oh-leez) report released Wednesday says auditors ...

Burned out business owners learn to relax, delegate, say no

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Candace Barr showed all the signs: She was exhausted, stressed out and "starting to resent my clients." Barr had so much work in her resume writing business that it was a struggle to get it all done. In short, she was burned ...

Drugs were labeled with photo of late kingpin Pablo Escobar

NEW YORK (AP) — Drug enforcement officials in New York say they've seized narcotics labeled with a photo of infamous Colombian druglord Pablo Escobar. The Drug Enforcement Administration said Monday agents found 77 pounds (35 kilograms) of suspected heroin mixed with fentanyl during a search ...

2020 by the numbers: Democratic candidates posting big stats

By ELANA SCHOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — How many ways can you measure the first quarter of the year? For Democratic presidential candidates, it's 300-plus events, 26 states and hundreds of voter questions. The Iowa caucus is still 10 months away, but the Democratic primary ...

Pentagon: Remains of NY airman killed in WWII identified

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. military officials say the remains of western New York airman killed in a plane crash in the Pacific during World War II have been identified. The Pentagon's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced on its website that the remains of Army Air Forces Staff ...

Watson to return to Predators for 1st time since suspension

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson is returning to the lineup for the first time since he was suspended by the NHL more than two months ago for alcohol abuse. Coach Peter Laviolette announced Watson will play in Nashville's game Tuesday night in Buffalo. The ...

Publicist: David Blaine denies sexual assault allegations

NEW YORK (AP) — David Blaine denies sexual assault allegations under investigation in New York City and intends to cooperate with authorities, his publicist said in a statement Tuesday. New York police confirmed Monday that the magician is under investigation, following a Daily Beast report ...

NY man pleads guilty in carbon monoxide deaths of woman, son

KENDALL, N.Y. (AP) — A property caretaker has pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment in the carbon monoxide poisoning deaths of a mother and son in western New York. David Wiley entered his plea Monday to the misdemeanor charge. He's set for sentencing July 1 and faces up to nine months in ...